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Meet the First Out Transgender Active Duty Army Officer 'Compatible With Military Service' - VIDEO

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Earlier this week, Buzzfeed carried an interview with Army Medical Corp doctor and major Jamie Lee Henry, “the first known active-duty Army officer to come out as transgender.”

Henry is also likely to be “the first and only active duty service member who has changed her name and gender within the United States military.”

Jamie-Lee-Henty_IDIn the interview, she says that when she requested her name and gender be officially changed earlier this year, the Army - which officially classes transgender people as “incompatible with military service” - “actually used female pronouns in the document” that granted the request for the change.

Henry says her story proves that despite the official position, being out and trans is compatible with military service and that being trans has made her a better service member and better doctor. She also says that despite her fears, “my commander said, ‘I don’t care who you love, I don’t care how you identify, I want you to be healthy and I want you to be able to do your job.’”

She adds:

“Yes, it’s awkward. I’ve had to embrace awkwardness with gusto these last nine months. It’s not easy. It’s not easy for the people that are my family, it’s not easy for the people that are my friends prior to my transition.
“...I’m the same gender I’ve always been in my mind, but all this other stuff, on the outside, is really just conforming to how I already feel and have felt my entire life.
“People say, ‘Is this a choice?’ The choice is being healthy or sick. I can continue living a sick life, or I can live a healthy life. I find my trans experience has allowed me to relate to people, because all of us suffer, and I could relate to people’s suffering. I’m able to comfort people that feel isolated and lost and alone and broken. I can sit down with them and look them in the eyes, and say, ‘I can walk with you through this. I care about you, and I mean it.’”

Last weekend, she submitted a statement to the American Medical Association (AMA) asking that it take a stand in support of transgender troops.

On Monday, the AMA took her advice and the advice of many others, passing the resolution in question.

Read Buzzfeed's full interview with Henry HERE

Earlier this week, we reported that The New York Times released a powerful short documentary about a transgender military couple, Air Force Senior Airman Logan Ireland and Cpl. Laila Villanueva, an Army nurse.

Watch the New York Times video, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Jun. 12,2015 at 6:54 PM EST by in Military, Transgender, Video | Permalink | Comments (23)

Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1750

GAME OF THRONES: The Real Housewives of Westeros.

OCULUS RIFT: Highlights from the virtual reality maker's gaming event.

UNNECESSARY CENSORSHIP: Jimmy Kimmel's weekly tribute to the FCC.

ROYAL ACCIDENT: Child gets hit in face by saluting soldier while meeting the Queen.



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Posted Jun. 12,2015 at 6:00 PM EST by in Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (3)

Notorious ‘AIDS-Free Christmas’ Pastor Calls on God To ‘Rip Out’ Caitlyn Jenner’s Heart: VIDEO

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A controversial Arizona pastor who once predicted an "AIDS-free Christmas" if all LGBT people were put to death, is back at the pulpit again with a new round of inflammatory comments calling on God to "rip out" Caitlyn Jenner's heart and cast her soul into the fiery depths of hell reports Raw Story.

Arizona Pastor Steven Anderson condemned the athlete and President Obama for praising Jenner's courage in a sermon before his congregation at Faithful Word Baptist Church.

Said Anderson:

"I'd never even heard of him until this week. Bruce Jenner has basically mutilated his body, apparently, and he's being praised by our president. Our President Obama is praising him, or praising her – we don't even know what it is. I think that (Obama) used the female pronoun about somebody named Bruce... 

"This person is just the evangelist of sodomy and filth to the world, and people are like, 'Oh, we need to pray for him so that he finds Jesus. I'm going to pray that he dies and goes to Hell."

Anderson continued on spouting hateful words directed toward the gay community calling for the stoning of gays and condemning other pastors who prayed for God to touch Jenner's heart. Anderson then mimicked a scene from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, where a priest rips a man's heart from his chest, saying "I hope God touches Bruce Jenner's heart like this…I pray that his hear would explode right now."

Video of Anderson's vitriolic sermon was posted on YouTube; if you're a glutton for punishment you can watch Anderson's sermon, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Jun. 12,2015 at 5:30 PM EST by in Barack Obama, Bruce Jenner, Caitlyn Jenner, Religion, Steven Anderson, Transgender | Permalink | Comments (52)

DC Comics Showcases Its LGBT Superheros, Supervillians, and Storylines to Celebrate Pride Month: VIDEO

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In honor of global pride events occurring around the world this month, DC Comics posted a compilation video to its DC Entertainment channel on YouTube highlighting their various LGBT characters and storylines in their comics. Over the years, the comic maker has touched upon various LGBT issues with well known characters, like Catwoman and Green Lantern, and other lesser-known characters.

Watch as DC explores its past LGBT storylines, which includes reflecting on the AIDS crisis in the 1980s and gay marriage, AFTER THE JUMP...



Posted Jun. 12,2015 at 5:00 PM EST by in Comic Books, DC Comics, Gay Media, Gay Pride, Gay Stories, LGBT Stories, Superheroes | Permalink | Comments (3)

News: LeBron James, Ellen Page, Twitter, B.D. Wong, Iowa

Road The Iowa straw poll has been officially cancelled by a unanimous state GOP vote. 

Road John McCain on his buddy Lindsey Graham's perpetual bachelorhood: “I know he’s dated some attractive women from time to time, but I’ve never seen him get real serious.”

Road Pratt2Chris Pratt shows off the "many faces" of his Jurassic World character. 

Road World's first penis transplant patient has impregnated his girlfriend.

Road LeBron James accidentally flashed the camera during last night's game. 

Road Headline of the Day: "Moose on the Loose Causes Campus Lockdown"

Road Bristol Palin goes after Miley Cyrus for her Paper magazine interview. "She wants everyone else to let her be “free to be Miley,” but seems unwilling to offer the same respect to her parents and those who wish to live out their Christian faith. Oh, Miley. Thanks for giving us the best example of what “tolerance” looks like in Hollywood: it looks a lot like contempt."

Road First look: Ellen Page and Julianne More in gay rights drama Freeheld

Road Ronald Reagan's son Michael says gay Republicans aren't worrying about same-sex marriage like the Left would have us believe. 

Road House Democrats pull the plug on Obama's trade deal. 

J.k. rowlingRoad Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling) unveils the cover of her new book Career of Evil, which arrives in stores October 20. 

Road B.D. Wong reveals why Jurassic World does a better job with his character Dr. Henry Wu than Jurassic Park. "This particular implementation of the character in the fourth movie was a great idea in my opinion, whether it was me or not. Because it’s completely organic and the character developed a little bit. He became older, worked his way up in the company, and is pushing the envelope of technology. And so the character turned around and became more three-dimensional. Just by the fact that he came back he was allowed to be more interesting."

Road This story about a 7-year-old trans girl meeting Laverne Cox is perfectly precious

Road Liam Hemsworth is looking studly out on a stroll in Malibu.

Road In wake of Pittsburgh Pride dropping her as a performer, Iggy Azalea says people are only hating her because it's the "cool" thing to do. 

Road Rand Paul suggests you don't read what the trolls have to say on the interwebs. 

Road Twitter to remove 140 character limit on direct messaging staring in July. 

GotRoad A behind-the-scenes look at the unexpected success of Gay of Thrones starring real-life hairstylist Jonathan Van Ness. "It was a total organic fluke," Van Ness says of his ascent to web-series stardom. "I just took something busy and made it easier to digest. There’s just so much to sink your teeth into." Keeping track of the medieval fantasy’s tangled plots and onslaught of deaths comes easily to the multitasker, who spent years juggling hairspray while entertaining his clientele."

Road New study finds dogs aren't fans of people who are mean to their owners. 

Road Presbyterian Church in Ireland snubs an invite from the Church of Scotland after it approves plans for gay clergy. 

Road Orange is the New Black stars praise "beautiful" Caitlyn Jenner.

Posted Jun. 12,2015 at 4:02 PM EST by in News | Permalink | Comments (13)

Facing Possible Death If She's Deported to Guatemala, Lesbian Takes Refuge At Texas Church


A lesbian who faces possible death if she's deported to Guatemala has taken refuge at a Unitarian Universalist Church in Austin, Texas. 

Sulma Franco, 31, suffered violence as an LGBT activist in Guatemala before she fled in 2009. She was initially granted asylum in the US, but an attorney failed to keep her paperwork current.

The Texas Tribune reports that Franco moved into a makeshift apartment at the church on Thursday:

Guatemala2If federal immigration agents want to send Sulma Franco back to Guatemala, they will have to get through the Rev. Chris Jimmerson and other worshipers at Austin’s First Unitarian Universalist Church.

“We will resist it. We will invite a bunch of people with their yellow T-shirts to try and stand between [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] and Sulma,” Jimmerson said, referring to gear the church's immigrant-rights supporters wear. “This is private church property, and it’s a tradition that law enforcement, including ICE, don’t [enter].” 

More from The Austin Statesman

For a time, she said, she lived and worked freely in the Austin area, even gaining a license to operate a Guatemalan food truck that provided her with income. But last year, she said her lawyer failed to turn in documentation to immigration authorities and she was detained during a regular check-in to monitor her progress.

She was sent to a detention center in Arizona for nine months. Thursday marked her deportation date, but instead of turning herself in to immigration authorities in San Antonio, Franco is seeking refuge in the North Austin church.

The Tribune notes that Guatemala is one of the main offenders when it comes to violence against the LGBT community. According to the Center for American Progress, there were 267,000 LGBT undocumented immigrants in the country in 2013. 


"I can be tortured. I can be sexually abused. I can also be killed," she said. ... 

"It's an ancient tradition of churches offering sanctuary and government respecting church walls," said Rev. Meg Barnhouse of First Unitarian Universal. "They won't come onto church property and drag somebody out."

Watch KVUE's report, AFTER THE JUMP ...


Posted Jun. 12,2015 at 3:30 PM EST by in Austin, Gay Rights, Guatemala, Immigration, LGBT Rights, Texas | Permalink | Comments (8)


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